The other thing you find, living up here, is when it snows, it usually stays due to colder temperatures. It just doesn't melt as it does further south. Pros and cons, I guess, under normal conditions, we have snow from November to March, occasionally still into April.
This is the front field, and though it may only look like a few inches of snow, there are two layers. This often happens, a layer of snow on the ground will form a hard crust. Sometimes you can walk on it - nice, but other times you sink through, and that is really hard walking. Here, we have fresher snow over the hard layer, hard enough to stay on top.